Making a Watermark with a Stencil

I am continuing to use supplies from my stash. This week, I pulled out some stencils that I purchased from Amazon that were still in their original packages, just waiting to be used. I used some Canson Watercolor paper and did some ink blending using Distress Oxide inks from my stash (Aged Mahogany, Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick). After I did my ink blending, I sprayed some water on the stencil and laid it on the ink blended panel. I pressed the stencil onto the paper with a cloth and then removed the stencil and picked up any excess water with the dry cloth. This left a nice watermark effect on the panel. From there, I decided to add some water droplets using some Perfect Pearls mixed with water. I also added some white splatter using Simon Says Stamp White Pigment ink. Now to add something to this panel to make a card. I cut out a heart from some black Recollections card stock using a Simon Says Stamp nesting heart die. I then heat embossed a sentiment using SSS embossing ink and Recollections Snow embossing powder. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Love Always stamp set. I then adhered the die cut heart to my card panel using some foam tape from the Dollar Tree. I then pulled in a preprinted sentiment by Simon Says Stamp and added it to the card panel as well. I mounted the panel onto a black mat and then added it to my pre-cut and pre-folded card base. I made two versions of the same card; one with sequins and one without. Which one do you like better? I really enjoyed the watermark effect that I got by using a stencil. I think I may do more like this, with different stencils, since I have over 100 in my stash.

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In This Together

This week I decided to use up some of my stash. I used a few sheets of 6×6 paper, some scraps of colored card stock and some images I had previously colored. I used the 6×6 One Sheet Wonder Template #2 by @jess.crafts (jesscrafts.com) to make these cards. I pulled out a little bucket of already colored images and decided to use some of these for the cards. These images were a free digital image I downloaded last year by The Greeting Farm. I also used some free printable sentiments by Gina K Designs. I have not been feeling well over the last week and have a migraine today, so I am keeping it short today.

Thank you for supporting me and helping me grow as I continue my creative (and fun) journey. Thank you Jess Crafts for the inspiration to use up my 6×6 paper and for sharing your wonderful sketches. Thank you to all the other creators who continue to inspire and motivate me.

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Show Us Your Sheetload – January 2021

Hello to my fellow creators! I have decided to follow along with Alica of Call me Crafty Al each month and do a video/blog post using her monthly Sheetload sketches. This month’s sketch I used to make some masculine birthday cards since I am always on short supply for masculine cards. I pulled in some paper from a Michael’s hot buy paper pad (Marsh Flowers) I had in my stash. Even though some of the paper has flowers, I think the color scheme helped to pull the cards together for the addition of masculine cards. I used some navy card stock (from Michael’s as well) for the layers and a sheet of card stock from a Neutrals hot buy paper pad for the sentiments. Once I had my papers selected, I went ahead and cut and sorted all the paper. This month, Alicia also had some free downloadable sentiment sheets, which I also used for the cards. I have an inkjet printer and found that the ink did not dry quickly on the card stock I used so I decided to heat emboss the sentiments using some Simon Says Stamp Steel Navy embossing powder. The color of the embossed sentiments tied in perfectly with the color scheme of the cards. I thought about adding some embellishments, but in the end, I liked the way the cards looked without them. I plan to go back to some of the previous Sheetload sketches and make more masculine cards to add to my stash.

Alicia’s monthly sketches are available for download to her subscribers so go over to her channel (https://www.youtube.com/callmecraftyal) and subscribe for some creative fun. #suysjan2021 #showusyoursheetload

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Playing with Embossing Folders

Happy New Year and welcome back to my Blog. For my first video of 2021 I made four cards using embossing folders. I was lucky enough to get new embossing folders as a birthday gift from my sister. As I was admiring the folders, she asked me if I knew how to use them and if I had the tool I needed. I had to chuckle when she asked and told her “Of course I do.” I told her that my first video of 2021 would be showing how to use the embossing folders so that is exactly what I did. I used two of the folders she gave me as well as two I had in my stash. I had forgotten how quick and easy it is to make cards using embossing folders. I think I will have to make it a point to make a few cards each month using one of the many embossing folders I have in my stash.

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Doodlebug – Night Before Christmas

For today’s video I made a quick card using Simon Says Stamp’s Limited Edition Holiday Card Kit WE BELIEVE, which included some adorable Doodlebug “Night Before Christmas” stickers and paper. I also used the polka dot stencil and two SSS inks that were included in the kit. I happened to purchase the Doodlebug Night Before Christmas “Odds and Ends” and “Chit Chat” so I used them to make this quick and easy card.

This will be my final video for 2020 as I will be taking the next two weeks off to enjoy my family, my anniversary, my birthday, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.

More videos to come in 2021– a new year with new hopes and dreams!

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Show Us Your Sheetload – December 2020

I had fun using the December 2020 Sheetload of Cards sketch by Call Me Crafty Al. Her monthly sketches are available for download to her subscribers so go over to her channel (https://www.youtube.com/callmecraftyal) and subscribe for some creative fun. I completed the 300 cards I needed for this year’s annual donation to seniors so I decided to use this month’s sketch to begin making cards for next year. Yes, I work on these cards year round and using this sketch just makes getting them done fun and easy. Thank you Alicia for always making such wonderful sketches that are super easy to follow.

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Simon Says Stamp Kit Unboxing & Card Share

My weekly video is a bit different than my usual videos. I was so busy finishing the 300 cards for my annual Christmas Card donation, that I did not have time to record a card making video. I did, however, want to try my hand at an unboxing video so I thought it would be fun to share the Limited Edition Simon Says Stamp Holiday Card Kit WE BELIEVE. Once I was finished sharing the contents of the kit, I wanted to share pictures of some of the cards I will be donating this year. Making and donating these cards is my own little gift to myself every year because I think I enjoy giving them as much as the recipients enjoy receiving them. The cards are all ready to go, so I will be taking them to the skilled nursing facility this Saturday. I’ve shared a few photos below of the 300 cards I will be donating this year. Sit back, relax and enjoy! Head on over to my YouTube channel and check out my latest YouTube video (https://youtu.be/MRiAZt7P7h4).

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Black Friday Shopping

My latest YouTube Video is now live. I was stumped on what to do for today’s video so I asked my husband for his opinion. He said “do something with Black Friday.” He is a genius! As soon as he said that, I knew exactly what stamp I was going to use. I pulled out the “Holiday Cheer” stamp set by My Favorite Things. I don’t do Black Friday shopping because I just don’t like to deal with all the crowds, but this was my way of being part of the annual tradition without going out. I have to start prepping for Thanksgiving now so please head on over to my channel and check out my YouTube video (https://youtu.be/hR0FivhSyaM).

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November2020 Collected Crafty Collabs Hop

This month’s theme was Christmas and/or Texture Paste/Mousse. I had fun using more goodies from my stash for this one. I will add these three cards to my annual donation of Christmas Cards.

For the first card, I began by ink blending on some white card stock using Distress Oxide Inks (Stormy Sky, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord). Once I was happy with the ink blending, I sprinkled some water droplets on the panel and dabbed the excess water off. I pulled out the “Snowflakes” stencil by Simon Says Stamp and used Nuvo Embellishment Mouse in Gunmetal Gray. I felt like the mousse needed some sparkle so I added some Arteza Brillant Silver Glitter on the wet mousse. I set the panel aside to dry. While it was drying, I heat embossed my sentiment on some velum using VersaFine Claire Nocturne Ink and Recollections Clear Embossing Powder. The sentiment I used was from the “Good Cheer” stamp set by Simon Says Stamp and CZ Design. I cut down the velum and wrapped it around the panel. I then matted the panel with some silver Recollections paper and added it to my card base using Art Glitter Glue.

For the second card I used “Holiday Tree Medallion” stencil set by Simon Says Stamp. I taped it to some Recollections black card stock and then applied some Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Amethyst Purple to the card panel. I set this aside to dry for a while and then matted it with some gray shimmer card stock by CraftSmart using foam tape by Simon Says Stamp. I then added a sentiment from my stash using more foam tape. I then added the panel to my card base.

For the third and final card I used some green card stock I had in my stash. I used Tim Holtz “Woodland” stencil and Gina K. Inks (Dark Sage & Christmas Pine) to shade the trees in a darker green. I then added some Stickles Glitter Gel (Nebula) over the ink blended trees. I pulled in a pre-printed sentiment by Simon Says Stamp and matted the sentiment strip with some Recollections gold card stock. I added the sentiment to the panel using some foam tape. I then matted the panel with some more of the gold card stock and some red card stock as well. I added this to my card base and with that…my three cards are done.

Thank you to all the creators who continue to support and inspire me to be a better, more creative version of myself. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!

Please hop along with us to see all the wonderful creations this month. If you enjoy a post, please consider subscribing to their blog, YouTube, or other social media accounts. Follow along with next creator on the hop, Donna Perisic (Creative Pixie Designs). I hope you will be inspired to follow and create along with the hop!

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Marie Bingaman

Teresa Russell

Lounon Riviere

Anna Mahtani

Yvette Olea (Yvette Olea Creates) – You Are Here

Donna Perisic (Creative Pixie Designs) – Next Stop

Danielle Brown

Karen Page

Boryana Yankova

Virginia Fairchild

Tracy Shultz

Sharon Luska

Natasha Davies

Valerie Powell

Warm Hugs

I’m continuing to work on Christmas cards this week. I decided to make a few cards using one background stamp and some Distress Oxide inks and sprays.

I used Simon Says Stamp’s “Modern Poinsettia” background stamp and VersaFine Claire Nocturne ink on Bristol Smooth Watercolor paper as well as on some Recollections white card stock. Once I had the images stamped, I used Recollections Charcoal embossing powder on the watercolor paper. Now that my image was embossed and grabbed some Distress Oxide Sprays (Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon) and randomly sprayed them on the card panel. I didn’t want the overspray of Distress Oxide ink to go to waste, so I sprayed some water on my work surface, pulled in one of the other stamped card panels and smooshed the card panel into the ink. I then used Distress Oxide Inks (Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon) to blend colors onto my third card panel.

While my card panels were drying, I die cut the sentiment using the Simon Says Stamp “Warm Hugs” die. I used some Recollections shimmer blue cards stock and some Recollections black card stock for the die cut sentiments. Once my panels were dry it was time assemble the cards. I cut down the ink blended panel and used a black card stock mat to help make the color pop. I pulled in one of the die cut sentiments and a strip of black card stock and added them to the panel. I then added some sequins from my stash to add a little bit of sparkle to the card. Card #1 is now complete.

For the next card, I used the ink smooshed card panel and cut it down. I added a sentiment from the Scrapbook.com “Big and Bold Holidays” stamp set and stamped it using VersaFine Claire Nocturne Ink. I then used some fun foam on the back of the panel and added it to a black mat. Card #2 is now complete.

For the third card, I used the ink sprayed panel and cut it down as well. I added two narrow strips of black card stock and the die cut sentiment to this panel. I also matted this panel with some black card stock. Card #3 is now complete.

I am going to continue making cards throughout the month of November to add to my Christmas Card Donation. Thank you for supporting me and helping me grow as I practice being creative!

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